Robert Taylor's evocative new painting is a moving tribute to the men of Bomber Command. As the setting sun casts a golden glow, a group of Lancasters from 576 Squadron begin to form up after departing from their Lincolnshire base at the start of a raid into Germany in late 1944. The lead aircraft UL-I (LM227) was one of only a handful of Lancasters to complete 100 operational sorties.
Between them, the pilots of Bomber Command won 23 Victoria Crosses during WWII, and countless others were highly decorated for courage and commitment. Several of these veterans have now joined together to sign this commemorative limited edition to honor all those who served with Bomber Command. They include some of the RAF's most inspirational leaders; men such as James "Tirpitz" Tait, who was awarded no less than four DSOs to become one of the most highly decorated RAF airmen of WWII. Although sadly no longer with us, we are privileged that he was able to personally sign the prints during his lifetime, creating a truly historic collectors edition.
Limited Edition (5 signatures):
Squadron Leader George "Johnny" JOHNSON DFM
Warrant Officer Harry IRONS DFC
Flight Sergeant Jim McGILLIVRAY
Warrant Officer Ken JOHNSON
Warrant Officer James COPUS
Collector's Edition (10 signatures) includes the veterans above plus:
Group Captain James TAIT DSO*** DFC* ADC
Air Commodore John LANGSTON CBE
Squadron Leader Tony IVESON DFC AE
Warrant Officer Frank TILLEY
Victoria Cross Edition (15 signatures) includes the veterans above plus these Victoria Cross recipients: